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Home modification refers to converting or adapting the environment in order to make performing tasks easier, reduce accidents, and support independent living. It includes:

  • low-cost and simple changes to the home (removing hazards such as clutter, throw rugs; moving furnishings; and changing where activities occur (e.g., sleeping on the first instead of second floor);
  • adding special features or assistive devices such as grab bars;
  • extensive renovations (e.g., installing a roll-in shower and ramps); and
  • repairs such as improved wiring to eliminate the need for dangerous extension cords or fixing loose stair treads to improve safety.
Where to Get Help:

Depending on the extent of the modifications, there are several ways to modify and repair your home. You can: 1) do it yourself, or get a friend or relative to help; 2) hire a building professional (handyworker, remodeler, or contractor) and/or health care professional such as an occupational therapist to advise you on changes; or 3) contact a home modification and repair program or business that can advise you on funding, assessing your home, and product advisement.

In addition to the resources listed in our Directory below, services may be located through your:


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Also, consider taking these steps:
  • Get recommendations from friends who have had similar projects completed.
  • Hire a licensed and bonded professional.
  • Be specific about changes you wish to make in advance.
  • Ask for a written agreement with only a small down payment. Make the final payment only after the project is completed.
  • Check with your local Better Business Bureau regarding the professional's reliability and performance record.

Resource Listings:

Resources listed on www.homemods.org are provided solely as a convenience for users of the site. They do not indicate endorsement of any services, and www.homemods.org shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information.

The web site www.homemods.org, a university-based and non-profit effort, provides an opportunity for home modification service and product providers to place a web site link and information for consumers and professionals. A reciprocal link to www.homemods.org is requested but not required.

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Bettendorf

Accessible Housing Design and Home-Modifications

Charles Schwab AIA

1820 Grant Street PMB 5015
Bettendorf, IA 52722

563-359-7524

charlesschwabaia@msn.com

No

We specialize in accessible housing design and home-mods. We published the countries first accessible home plans book.

No


Clinton

Rainbow Construction

Thomas Baughman

503 16th Avenue S.
Clinton, IA 52732

563-243-5136

1998

Elderly, limited income, and those that need assistance.

100%

10

2

Ramps and grab bars.

Minor modifications

Contracts, state and federal moneys.

Works with AAA contractors.


Davenport

Aging in Place Home Assessment

Dr. Jill Bjerke, as of 11/18/13

P.O. Box 172
Davenport, IA 52801

563-449-2855

info@aginginplacewithgrace.com

www.aginginplacewithgrace.com

Aging in Place with Grace

2005

6

Home assessments

Environmental

40 and up

Dr. Jill Bjerke

In-home custom software program for assessing what changes could be made to a home for the person to age safely and securely.



Cut the Clutter Co.

Dr. Jill Bjerke, as of 11/18/13

P.O. Box 172
Davenport, IA 52801

563-449-2855

info@cuttheclutterco.com

www.cuttheclutterco.com

Dr. Jill Bjerke

2005

6

Downsizing and clutter elimination safety services


Des Moines

Tinc

Joe Ghormley
3520 Beaver Avenue, Ste D7
Des Moines, IA 50310-3264
515-278-8462
515-277-2860
jghormley@tinc.us
1996
Physically challenged
50
4
We provide maintenance contracts, remodeling, 'Aging in Place' services, safety assessments.
yes
no

 


East Rockwell

Senior Ability

Murphy Family Clinic

Mary Jones

703 Elm Street, Box 339
East Rockwell, IA 50469

641-822-3303

641-822-3359

jonesmm@trinity-health.org

Senior Ability Mercy Medical Center North Iowa

2000

Over the age of 65 years old

All

34

1

Handrails, grab bars, shower conversion, and medical equipment.

Rehabilitation counselors

Community and professional education counseling about options.

Material Costs


Muscatine

Handyman Program

Barb Krall

117 West 3rd Street, OFC 1
Muscatine, IA 52761

563-263-7292

563-263-7257

sr.resources@muscanet.com

Over the age of 60 years old

100%

6

Ramps and grab bars.

Fix-It Services

Case managers

* Donations
* United Way

Volunteer Opportunities

Sliding Scale

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